The tussle between Shinefeel Ghana Limited, a plastic and paper waste recycling company at Asutsuare and the Shai-Osudoku District Assembly of the Greater Accra region over environmental pollution seems to be fine tuning.
Officials of the Assembly accompanied by police personnel last three weeks went to close down the company after students of the Shai Osudoku Senior High Technical School complained of infections as a result of smoke emission from the company.
What was regarded as an unlawful closure attracted public backlash, especially when the company has gone through the required procedures and duly certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to operate.
The toiletries and plastic manufacturer has inherited some obsolete equipment of the defunct Asutsuare Sugar Factory and has since occupied the premises which has been zoned for industrial purposes. Unfortunately, the Shai Osudoku Senior High Technical School also occupies sections of the premises temporary, a situation which necessitated the Assembly’s unlawful action.
The issue is not far from over as the company had relocated the machinery closer to the wall between it and the school, strengthened its waste treatment equipment as the Assembly has also relocated some of the students to their permanent site to allow for effective teaching and learning.
The Corporate Affairs Director of Shinefeel Ghana Limited, John Awuku Dziwornu tells WestAfrica24.com that the unfortunate temporal closure of the factory is the Assembly’s inability to appreciate the issue that there was a zoned industrial area and that the company has not violated any law. He said the three days halt in production has cost the company about One Million Dollars. Mr. Dziwornu who recounted some projects undertaken by the company in the community as it’s corporate social responsiblities believed that the best way to resolve the issue is to relocate the school to its original site, of which they are assisting.
Speaking on the issue, the Deputy Engineer of the Shai-Osudoku District Assembly, Abdul-Satar Mohammed said the Assembly as an authority and was just ensuring safety and has no problem with the company. Mr. Mohammed who appreciated production lost to the company for the three days it was shut down believed the issue has been resolved once the students have been relocated to their permanent site, and the company also addressing its waste treatment problem.
By: Edward Tetteh